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To Hasten Fleet Electrification, Kuehne+Nagel Announces A New Launch

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The new year starts with electrifying news as Kuehne+Nagel announces its Book and claims insetting solution for electric vehicles. This makes Kuehne+Nagel the first logistics service provider to launch this solution, previously limited to low-emission fuels. Implementing decarbonisation solutions and helping customers achieve their sustainability goals are critical components of Kuehne+Nagel’s Roadmap 2026 Living ESG cornerstone.

Developing Book and claim insetting solutions for road freight was a strategic priority for Kuehne+Nagel. Last October, it launched an insetting solution for HVO, which is now followed by electric vehicles. The first-of-its-kind solution has been tested and validated with leading external stakeholders.

Customers who use Kuehne+Nagel’s road transport services can now ‘claim’ the carbon reductions of electric trucks when it is not possible to physically move their goods on these vehicles. Reasons for that could be insufficient charging infrastructure or a limited driving range and payload. The solution helps to bridge those challenges that still limit the deployment of electric trucks today.

“We see battery-Electric Vehicles (BEVs) as the future to reduce emissions in road freight. Carbon insetting supports the scale-up of low- emission solutions like BEVs and helps to reduce the premium that customers pay for these solutions, thereby supporting the decarbonisation of road transport,” says Hansjörg Rodi, Member of the Management Board at Kuehne+Nagel International AG, responsible for Road Logistics.

Helping carriers finance their fleet electrification

For now, only Kuehne+Nagel’s owned BEVs are part of the Book & Claim offer to keep full control and transparency over the accuracy of the data used in the calculations. However, the team aims to expand the solution to BEVs operated by its partners to support them in their fleet electrification journeys. “Purchasing electric trucks can be a heavy financial burden, especially for smaller carriers. Including carriers in our solution requires further complex developments in the accounting methodology, but it would help them to finance their transition. This is our next priority,” concludes Rodi.

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